RandEastwood.com | I’ve written on this topic before, and my position hasn’t changed: people who don’t keep their time commitments, those who are perpetually late—for no substantial reason—are irresponsible, and inconsiderate. They do not respect others or their time, and worse: and they do not even respect themselves.

    Time, like real estate, is valuable—primarily because there is a limited supply of both; there’s no way of producing any more of either.

    In fact, time is even more valuable than real estate, because not only is our supply limited—but we also never know how much of it we actually have.

    Time is one of the most important—if not the most important—resources to me; God knows I wasted enough of it the first half of my life; I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in the second half (assuming, of course, I even have a second half coming…)

    Thus, I try to make optimal use of my time, at all times. My day typically runs from around 4:30 AM to around 8:30 PM, and it’s generally “full-up.” And even though I’m extremely conscious of utilizing my time efficiently, and I try diligently to not waste any at all, I still rarely get everything done in a given day that I had hoped; I put in my sixteen hours, non-stop, then hit the sack exhausted. Get up the next morning, begin swinging again.

    So it really aggravates me when others don’t respect my time. It means they don’t respect me—and, evidently, don’t respect themselves either, given that they’re willing to project such an irresponsible, inconsiderate image of themselves to others.

    When we make a commitment to somebody, they not only reciprocate with a commitment to us, but there’s a ripple effect, as they arrange other aspects of their lives to accommodate that commitment—scheduling their other activities, making commitments to others, working the flexible parts of their daily routine into and around the non. The reality is, they are planning to utilize the rest of their time based on, and structured around, our commitment to them. Read Entire Article

    By Rand Eastwood